CB-CID probe into rape of minor girl by BSP MLA
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 01, 2011, 23:22
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Saturday ordered a Crime Branch-Crime Investigation Department (CB-CID) probe into the rape of a girl, belonging to a backward caste allegedly by a BSP MLA and his supporters.

Taking a serious note of the incident, the chief minister ordered a CB-CID probe this evening, an official spokesman said in a statement issued here.

Congress has alleged the involvement of a BSP MLA and his associates in the rape of the 17-year-old girl and demanded the immediate arrest of the culprits and that Chief Minister Mayawati order a high-level judicial inquiry into the matter.

The CM has directed the probe to reach Banda by tomorrow morning and start the investigation, he said.

The National Commission for Scheduled Caste (NSCS) has sought a report from the state government on the rape of the girl and her arrest on theft charges in Banda district.

The NSCS has sought a detailed report from the state government and the district level official on rape of a backward class girl and later her arrest on theft charges, Chairman of NCSC P L Punia told PTI.

"A most backward minor girl was raped by BSP MLA Purshottam Narain Dwivedi and his associates in Banda and was later lodged in jail on charges of stealing the legislator's licensed pistol and Rs five thousand," Congress state president Rita Bahuguna Joshi had said yesterday.

She alleged that the girl has been framed by the local police to save the ruling party MLA and sent to jail, where no one was allowed to meet her.

BJP state president Surya Pratap Shahi also visited Banda and announced to launch an agitation.

On the directives of the Banda district administration a panel of three doctors, including two lady doctors, conducted the medical examination of the girl in the jail, where she is presently lodged on theft charges and submitted it to the Superintendent of Police, sources said.

The order for conducting the examination was issued after the SP, Anil Das talked to the girl for over five hours in jail during which she levelled the charges against the MLA and his supporters, sources said.

Achche Lal, the father of the girl, who is a farmer, said she had gone to her maternal home in Panna district of Madhya Pradesh a few months ago from where she had gone missing.

On December 7, he received a call informing him that his daughter was in Pathra village in Banda and he sought the MLA's help in tracing her.

After she was recovered, the girl was taken to the MLA's house for safety, from where she allegedly escaped after stealing a mobile phone and cash on December 12 and was arrested two days later on the FIR of the MLA.

It was when she was produced before the court on December 24 that she told her brother she had been raped at the MLA's house.

The father however has denied the theft charges.

On the other hand MLA claimed that the charges were politically motivated.


First Published: Saturday, January 01, 2011, 23:22

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